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Finger Food (25)

Today is a pretty weird day… the Italian government fell under the strikes of some swingers within its grouping, leaving behind part of the Italian electorate cheering at the event, whilst there should be vast amass of worries to begin with…however, there will be plenty of time and room to discuss, should this be of any interest, such a drama as the Italian political scene..needless to say, timing is most inappropriate, given the economic and political scenario looming ahead, coupled with an array of international challenges difficult to understand and analyse by those who do not think “systemically” but care for their own wallet..

Still, it’s Friday nevermind what, so it is about time to have our Finger Food ready for nibbling, so there we are!!!

  • Noblesse oblige, I have to include some comments (international, just in case) about Italian recent political turnaround… long since someone said “it is not impossible to govern Italians, it is useless..” and by the way the owner of this sentence and myself are radically at opposite political views.. I rather quote “Obi Wan Kenobi, you are my only hope”, and see whether there is life in outerspace, it may help us a tad..
  • Second massive news spot: Davos!!! It is all getting along nicely, with plenty to discuss about sovereign funds, supposedly going to run the universal fate, something Soros was accustomed to, and something about how green is your backyard or, rather, some chit-chat over the recent turbulence on global economy… full blown event here!
  • John Donahoe is the new eBay CEO and will have to lift the company to the former glory.. daunting task, mind you, since the market has got a number of new Web darlings, the site has witnessed some harsh time with eCrooks (nice one!!)..long term, a give us something new to cheer about, John.. mind you, it was going all that bad, according to Compete
  • Windows Vista and its new upgrade!?!?!?!? ROTFWL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! please….. or are you rather thinking about Windows 7???? and IE8??? seriously guys, you should stop those pills..
  • In the meanwhile, Dell is adding Ubuntu Linux to its flashy XPS range of PCs, on top of some more dull Inspiron.. just a nice change, isn’t it??? UbuWhat????? Gosh.. there you are!
  • Wikipedia would like to know why those who post on Wiki actually do so… ego, for heaven’s sake, ego!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Or willingness to participate to something worthwhile, interest, keen on sharing…plenty of reasons, including something like “spare time to waste in a constructive manner apart from running wild with SecondLife..”
  • The above statement about spare time to waste in a constructive manner has always included “reading” within answers’ range.. as found, there is a booby trap in the library: some books make you dumb.. or dumber, depending on the case… follow the link, fun to see…
  • Millions of millions of users for virtual or synthetic worlds.. but how many??? 173 million to latest K Zero counts.. and growing, I trust… an hefty population that would be probably interested in cross checking what’s behind the fence..
  • Everything is “Open”, and at CES this was remarkably undelined.. however, and the Italian politics with 39 parties running the show may testify, too much choice turns out to be unproductive and detrimental, as highlighted in the linked post, particularly when referring to consumer electronics, open connectivity, wireless industry and such… , I believe there is some wisdom here to put at work….!!
  • To add to complexity, MySpace will begin offering videos since its latest agreements with BBC and ABC.. gosh, my eves are going to get complicated, must revamp the PC home section, I believe.. don’t you find however quite boring the fact that everybody does everything just to lure you?? Is the concept of “champion” such an absurdity today?? I rather have variety..
  • Diamonds may actually be girls’ best friends, but gold and platinum are surely best buddies of scared investors and shaken markets!!! Record highs for both in the last few days…
  • America begins to realise that hegemony is a dream long gone, the planet complexity is beyond control, or at least is a long shot away from a single country ability to manouvre.. multi-polarity is an issue to face, disgregation of power and the rise of micro-geopolitical centers.. working at the edge of chaos, managing complexity, augmenting the overall reaction capability, improve lateral thinking are paramount for companies, nevermind a country… a nice primordial broth..

Plus, some nice earnings alert to care for (including those down-putting statements from Apple, however bloated with Air it may be.. and the reason behind Nokia success…), Dubai is working hard to became the Islamic world financial hub, Billy Gates is patting on the back of world leaders from the Davos speaker corner, a chart about East meet West sort of chat..

Virgin Galactic is gettin’ out (but the outer space is not the only target, India may be a nice alternative still).. and playing with toys makes the life and story of Nintendo a nice tale, above all expectations (price rising in Japan..), China is still running fast, but some sweat on its forehead begins to show, together with some social “modernities”, sort of…

Right.. time to close up this session, the sky is clear, temperature is sort of late winter, early spring like, tomorrow I will hit the slopes to try out my new snowboard boots (nice sturdy Nitro Anthem, a picture is here, just in case…), hope to be back on Monday and with all my pieces at the right place!!!

Have a nice weekend you all!!!

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